St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Glen Cove on Saturday, Jan. 7 was the scene of the Deep Roots Indoor Market, the first of the season.
The Deep Roots Indoor Winter Market will run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except for the third Saturday of the month because of the Fellowship Cafe, which provides hot meals and groceries to 80 plus men, women and children in the community.
Deep Roots Farmers Market was formerly called Sea Cliff Farmers Market, and its been through many changes since it was founded, from changes in ownership, location and even the amount of vendors. But when the Sea Cliff Farmers Market came to Glen Cove, first operating from Horman’s Family Pickles’ parking lot in Glen Cove, to Village Square in Glen Cove, the operator, Amy Peters, thought that maybe she should change the name.
She decided on Deep Roots Farmers Market, taking inspiration from the State of Washington Farmers Market Association graphic that depicts carrots in the ground, with a slogan that reads “these roots run deep.”
Over the summer, the Deep Roots Farmers Market could be found in Garvies Point, and now it’s back for a winter season at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There’s also a Great Neck Indoor Winter Market ran by Deep Roots at the Great Neck Park District.
“People want to do it,” Peters said, when asked what’s the driving force of keeping the market going all year. “People are really starting to embrace the concept of shopping local and why it’s important. I think that during the pandemic, when everything flew off the shelves and it was hard to get stuff, people thought to themselves ‘what do I do?’ And it was farmers markets that were able to provide so much.”
All the vendors at the market are from Long Island. Vendors included Dom’s Honey, Goodale Farms, Johny Breads, Three French Hens Bakery and Scents4MySoul, among others.
“Some of them are right from this neighborhood; Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, and so when people shop here, the money stays right in this community,” Peters said. “In the supermarket you buy something for $10, $1 of that goes to the producer, maybe. But if you come here and spend $10, $9 of it goes to the person who actually made it, and then they’re spending that money in the community. It makes a whole lot of sense.”
Peters said that so far, St. Paul’s has been welcoming in providing a nice space for Deep Roots.
For more information about the Deep Roots Farmers Market, visit Facebook.com/deeprootsfarmersmarket.